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Escobar case limits False Claims Act liability for providers

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Health care providers, as government contractors, must make certain representations of fact when submitting claims for government program reimbursement, such as Medicare. Sometimes through no fault of the contractor, such...more

CMS’s 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Would Slash Non-Excepted Provider-Based Department Payments

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule on July 13, 2017. The proposed rule, among other things, proposes to cut Medicare payments for services...more

CMS Considers New Billing Code Policy for Biosimilars

by Goodwin on

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a proposed rule regarding payment policies. Among other things, the proposed rule included a request for comment on the policy for biosimilar...more

State Releases Medicaid Managed Care Invitation to Negotiate

Last Friday, July 14, 2017, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) released its long awaited Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) for State Wide Medicaid Managed Care services. The ITN, one for each of the 11...more

Medicare Proposes Continued Relief for Critical Access and Rural Hospitals Through 2-Year Moratorium on Direct Supervision...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On July 13, 2017, CMS released a proposed rule as part of its 2018 Outpatient Prospective Payment System proposals that is aimed at helping to reduce some of the burdens rural hospitals experience in recruiting physicians....more

New Medicare Proposals that Reduce Payment to Hospitals for 340B Drugs in 2018

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On July 13, 2017, CMS released several proposed rules impacting health care, including the 2018 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) proposed rule which, among other proposals, could have a significant impact on 340B...more

Supreme Court Limitation on Forfeiture Will Impact Health Care Fraud Prosecutions

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Health care fraud prosecutions in the Second Circuit and throughout the country have typically sought forfeiture money judgments against all defendants for the proceeds of the fraud obtained by all members of a health care...more

The Lowdown On Takedowns

by Ifrah PLLC on

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and a battery of other federal law enforcement officials today announced the “largest health care fraud takedown” in U.S. history, with 412 charged defendants, including 56 doctors, accused of...more

Key funding issues for provider-operated allied health residency programs

by Dentons on

Medicare GME reimbursement is designed only to support the training of medical, dental and podiatric residents. The Medicare program does, however, provide separate funding to support certain programs that train nursing and...more

California Court Upholds Expansive Definition of Recoupment

The Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California examined the scope of the doctrine of recoupment for Medicaid and related payments, allowing the deduction by the state. The court held that the California...more

Achievements You Don’t List on Your Resume

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

A physician immigrated to the United States in 1991 and established a medical practice called Compassionate Doctors. By 2013 the practice and its related health care entities boasted some 44 employees and contractors,...more

FCA Deeper Dive: Developments Regarding Penalties and Damages

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The FCA continues to be the federal government’s primary civil enforcement tool for investigating allegations that healthcare providers or government contractors defrauded the federal government. In the coming weeks, we...more

Court Overreaches in Requiring Medical Necessity Determination by Labs

by Jones Day on

On June 9, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denied a motion to dismiss brought by a laboratory in U.S. ex rel. Groat v. Boston Heart Diagnostics Corp., 2017 WL 2533341. Part of the grounds for...more

Third Circuit Recognizes Escobar “Heightened Materiality Standard” in Dismissal of False Claims Act Case Tied to Avastin

In May 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit relied on the “heightened materiality standard” endorsed by the U.S. Supreme Court in its 2016 Escobar decision in dismissing a False Claims Act (FCA) whistleblower...more

FCA Deeper Dive: FCA’s First-to-File Bar

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The FCA continues to be the federal government’s primary civil enforcement tool for investigating allegations that healthcare providers or government contractors defrauded the federal government. In the coming weeks, we...more

The Circuits are Split: The Ambiguity of a Regulation May Not ‘Foreclose a Finding of Scienter’ in False Claims Act Cases

by K&L Gates LLP on

A split now exists among the circuit courts as to whether a defendant’s assertion of a “reasonable interpretation defense” precludes a finding of a “knowing” mens rea under the False Claims Act (the “FCA”). On May 26, 2017,...more

After Escobar, Lower Courts Build On The “Materiality” Analysis for False Claims Act Lawsuits

by Saul Ewing LLP on

It’s been just over a year since the Supreme Court’s seminal False Claims Act (“FCA”) decision Universal Health Servs., Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar. In the wake of Escobar, the lower courts are confronted with...more

Genesis Healthcare Settlement with Federal Government

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On June 16th, 2017, The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced a $53.6 million dollar settlement with Genesis Healthcare Inc. (“Genesis”) over six federal whistleblower lawsuits alleging that subsidiaries of the...more

False Claims Act: Circuit Court Questionably Construes Scienter Requirement

by Jones Day on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently issued an opinion addressing the False Claims Act's intent requirement. U.S. ex rel. Phalp v. Lincare Holdings, Inc., No. 16-10532, ___ F.3d ___ (11th Cir. May 26,...more

FCA Deeper Dive: Original Sources under the FCA’s Public Disclosure Bar

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The FCA continues to be the federal government’s primary civil enforcement tool for investigating allegations that healthcare providers or government contractors defrauded the federal government. In the coming weeks, we...more

Free Parking, Yes, But No Stark Law Claim

by Ruder Ware on

A federal court recently dealt a victory to a health care provider over whistleblower allegations that free parking and valet service at a medical office building violated the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute....more

CMS continues to tinker with new physician Quality Payment Program created by MACRA

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an advanced copy of its latest proposed rule revising the Quality Payment Program created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The...more

Second DOJ Complaint: Knowledge of Invalid Codes Requires Follow-Through to Avoid Liability

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The DOJ’s recent complaint-in-intervention in US ex rel. Poehling v. United Health Group — one of two qui tam cases against United Health currently pending in the Central District of California — emphasizes the government’s...more

Healthcare Data Breach Enforcements and Fines

by Bryan Cave on

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) is responsible for enforcing the Privacy and Security Rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”)....more

MedPAC Takes Anti-POD Stance in Report to Congress, Echoing an Increasingly Uniform Consensus

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On June 15, 2017, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), a non-partisan group that advises Congress on Medicare policy, released its annual Report to the Congress on Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System...more

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